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The lat­est in the world of trans­port, in­clud­ing….Su­per-B HPMV units notch-up 1m kms AND big sav­ings; Cummins and Ea­ton form global JV on AMTs; McCur­dys re­brand their Taranaki busi­nesses

ENGINEMAKER CUMMINS AND TRANS­MIS­SION spe­cial­ist Ea­ton have cre­ated a joint-ven­ture part­ner­ship to de­velop au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sions to­gether, glob­ally.

e deal, which builds on a long-es­tab­lished and close as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween the two on com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle pow­er­trains, sees each com­pany own 50% of the JV – with Ea­ton also re­ceiv­ing $US600mil­lion in cash from Cummins for its in­ter­est.

e new Ea­ton-Cummins Au­to­mated Man­ual Trans­mis­sion Tech­nolo­gies will see them jointly de­sign, de­velop, man­u­fac­ture and ser­vice a global port­fo­lio of AMTs for medium-duty and heavy-duty com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

e deal in­cludes a new, heavy-duty AMT al­ready slated for in­tro­duc­tion later this year, plus fu­ture AMT prod­ucts de­signed for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mar­kets world­wide.

Both Cummins and Ea­ton deal­ers world­wide will sup­port the new com­pany’s AMT prod­ucts.

“Cus­tomers are fo­cused on pow­er­train so­lu­tions that pro­vide the best com­bi­na­tion of tech­nol­ogy, per­for­mance and qual­ity,” says Craig Arnold, Ea­ton chair­man and CEO: “Our joint ven­ture with Cummins will lever­age the tech­ni­cal strengths and ex­pe­ri­ence of two in­dus­try lead­ers with long his­to­ries and deep in­dus­try ex­per­tise to pro­vide su­pe­rior au­to­mated trans­mis­sion tech­nol­ogy for our global cus­tomers.”

e global JV, a joint state­ment says, will pro­vide cus­tomers with “in­dus­trylead­ing trans­mis­sion tech­nolo­gies and so­lu­tions that de­liver best-in-class fuel e ciency, per­for­mance and up­time, while lever­ag­ing both Cummins’ and Ea­ton’s global ser­vice and sup­port net­works.”

In North Amer­ica only, Ea­ton’s cur­rent range of AMTs will also be part of the JV’s busi­ness. But Ea­ton’s Ve­hi­cle Group will re­tain its cur­rent­gen­er­a­tion medium-duty and heavy-duty AMT busi­ness out­side North Amer­ica – ex­cept for the cur­rent medium-duty Pro­ci­sion AMT, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Ea­ton will also keep its global man­ual trans­mis­sion, clutch, af­ter­mar­ket and au­to­mo­tive busi­ness; its light-duty and agri­cul­tural trans­mis­sion busi­nesses…and their associated prod­uct lines.

Ea­ton’s Ve­hi­cle Group pres­i­dent Ken Davis says that the new JV com­pany will de­velop both pro­pri­etary AMTs that are ver­ti­cally in­te­grated with Cummins diesel en­gines, and stand­alone AMTs for OEMs….in­clud­ing cus­tomers spec­c­ing non-Cummins en­gines.

e com­pa­nies ex­pect that the JV will com­plete reg­u­la­tory ap­provals and be nalised in the third quar­ter of this year.

Cummins High Horse­power En­gine Group vice pres­i­dent Ed Pence says the JV “brings to­gether two strong com­pa­nies that have worked to­gether for decades, have sim­i­lar values and have a shared com­mit­ment to their cus­tomers’ suc­cess.

“is an­nounce­ment to­day is a his­toric mile­stone in Cummins’ e orts to be­come a global pow­er­train so­lu­tions provider by sup­ply­ing our cus­tomers the best-per­form­ing com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles pos­si­ble – whether that is with our own en­gines, or sup­port­ing pro­pri­etary OEM diesel en­gines.”

Pence adds that the JV is wholly in keep­ing with Cummins’ his­tor­i­cal prod­uct o er­ings, and will com­ple­ment those ex­ist­ing prod­uct lines as well. Tak­ing into ac­count Cummins’ his­tory – its en­gines, tur­bocharg­ers, emis­sions and air-han­dling so­lu­tions, and its ltra­tion and fuel sys­tems – it sees the JV tting “very well into that ex­ist­ing prod­uct port­fo­lio.”

It will, he adds, “give our global OEM part­ners even more choices to help them de­velop the best-per­form­ing com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles they can, us­ing the speci cations of their choos­ing.”

Cummins chair­man and CEO Tom Linebarger adds: “Our growth strat­egy in­cludes ex­pand­ing our prod­uct o er­ings and ex­tend­ing our global foot­print by be­com­ing the world’s lead­ing pow­er­train sup­plier. Our JV with Ea­ton will de­liver the most ad­vanced au­to­mated trans­mis­sions and de­velop an in­te­grated pow­er­train and ser­vice network that sup­ports our cus­tomers like never be­fore.

“Just as we’ve done for the past 100 years, we will use our ex­pe­ri­ence in part­ner­ships and tech­no­log­i­cal ex­per­tise to en­sure our cus­tomers’ suc­cess.”


Ea­ton and Cummins have col­lab­o­rated closely for many years – as with this SmartAd­van­tage in­te­grated pow­er­train, in­tro­duced in the US in 2013, match­ing a Cummins ISX15 with a 10-speed Ea­ton Fuller Ad­van­tage AMT

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